Amsterdam, The Netherlands --- (METERING.COM) --- June 26, 2012 - Some 6,500 utility professionals will gather in Amsterdam in October for the annual Metering, Billing/CRM Europe for what has become the largest industry conference and exhibition on the continent.

“The traditional, centralized energy sector is experiencing a seismic shift in the way electricity is produced, managed and consumed,” says Metering Europe director Aida Mezit. “Increasing demand, security of supply and the growing concerns over climate change are pushing for developments of smart grid and energy efficiency behavior.”   

Mezit says to address these challenges that an overhaul of electricity systems on an unprecedented scale is needed. She continues: “This overhaul must be accompanied by novel commercial and economic models, leaving behind structures and practices that have guided us for the past 100 years. In the midst of such changes, hosting an event that unties the whole energy community – European in nature but crossing the regional boundaries from Australia to Brazil – comes at no better time to challenge our preconceived views and inspire innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Key themes
Metering Europe will feature a conference program of more than 200 expert speakers, open debates and specialized workshops addressing key themes such as:

  • Smart metering rollout and forays into smart grid
  • Consumer engagement programs and evolving dynamics between energy consumer and provider
  • Development of intelligent networks and power infrastructure across Europe
  • Congestion and interconnection challenges and the creation of a single electricity market
  • New commercial models and regulatory mechanisms underpinning electricity system overhaul.

The exhibition, the largest in the industry on the continent, will gather more than 320 solution providers under one roof, with the latest utility technology on display.  

Important platform for collaboration and partnerships
Now in its 14th year, Metering Europe has provided an important platform for collaboration, dialogue and new partnerships between all key parties in the European electricity sector says the event’s director.

She continues: “Its main 2012 aim is to expand on its previous successes and deepen our understanding of what our energy future will look like: how technology, policy and markets will determine its huge potential, and why working from the ground up – via establishing the right policy, trialing technologies and opening markets to new entrants and business models – is the key to delivering a smart energy economy.”

Speaker highlights at Metering, Billing/CRM Europe:

  • António Aires Messias, Advisor of the Executive Board Directors, EDP Distribuição, Portugal
  • Johan Soderbaum, Head of Department, Distribution and Sales R&D, Vattenfall, Sweden
  • Toru Hattori, Senior Research Economist, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Japan
  • Dave Openshaw, Head of Future Networks, UK Power Networks, U.K.
  • Jean Duplex, Head of Data Flow Reconstitution Department, ERDF, France
  • Laney Brown, AMI Programme Director – Central Maine Power, Iberdrola, U.S.A.
  • Gunnar Lorenz, Head of Unit, Networks, EURELECTRIC
  • Per-Olof Granstrom, Secretary General, EDSO for Smart Grids
  • Senna McGrath, Chief Technology ESB eCars, ESB, Ireland
  • Fabio Toledo, Chief Technology Officer, Light SESA, Brazil
  • Frans Campfens, Senior Innovation Manager, Alliander, The Netherlands
  • Hans-Joachim Dorn, Senior Manager, EnBW Operations, Germany
  • Olivier Huet, Head of Strategy, ERDF, France.

Co-located events to Metering, Billing/CRM Europe in Amsterdam from October 9-11 are Transmission & Distribution Europe and Smart Homes 2012.  

For more information, visit www.metering-europe.com